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The Second Prose Bundle

The Second Prose Bundle

£20.00

Explore the range of The Emma Press prose with this bundle featuring a mix of memoir and fiction titles.

“It is early October now, a warm, sunny afternoon with a dreamlike cast, and we’re harvesting persimmons. The tree is still lush and green; in a few weeks it will be bare, scattering leaves in a brilliant carpet of mottled tangerine and vermillion. She shimmies up the ladder and snips away at the fruit-laden boughs with red shears.” – How Kyoto Breaks Your Heart

Includes How Kyoto Breaks Your Heart by Florentyna Leow, About Us by Reda Gaudiamo, and Night-time Stories, a short story anthology edited by Yen-Yen Lu ~ scroll down for further details about each title.

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In the Prose Bundle

About Us (2023), Reda Gaudiamo, translated by Ikhda Ayuning Maharsi Degoul and Philippa Barker. All is not what it seems at a family wedding, a regretful father risks estranging his daughter, and a young woman is tormented by the cries of a baby that her partner cannot hear. Reda Gaudiamo’s characters charm, chafe and confound in a series of intimate snapshots of domestic relationships. With twists shifting from the comically mischievous to the abruptly chilling, this collection is a bold slice of contemporary Indonesian literature.

Page count: 224 | Publication date: 16 November 2023 | Paperback ISBN: 9781912915132

 

How Kyoto Breaks Your Heart (2023), Florentyna Leow. 20-something and uncertain about her future, Florentyna Leow is exhilarated when an old acquaintance offers her an opportunity for work and cohabitation in a little house in the hills of Kyoto.

Florentyna begins a new job as a tour guide, taking tourists on elaborate and expensive trips around Kyoto’s cultural hotspots. Amidst the busy tourist traps and overrun temples, Florentyna develops her own personal map of the city: a favourite smoky jazz kissa; a top-shelf katsuobushi loving cat; an elderly lady named Yamaguchi-san, who shares her sweets and gives Florentyna a Japanese name.

Meanwhile, her relationship with her new companion develops an intensity as they live and work together. Their little kitchen, the epicenter of their shared life, overlooks a community garden dominated by a fruitful persimmon tree. Their relationship burns bright, but seasons change, the persimmon tree out back loses its fruit, and things grow strange between the two women.

“It is early October now, a warm, sunny afternoon with a dreamlike cast, and we’re harvesting persimmons. The tree is still lush and green; in a few weeks it will be bare, scattering leaves in a brilliant carpet of mottled tangerine and vermillion. She shimmies up the ladder and snips away at the fruit-laden boughs with red shears.” – How Kyoto Breaks Your Heart

Page count: 152 | Publication date: 23 February 2023 | Paperback ISBN:  9781915628008

 

Night-time Stories (2022), Yen-Yen Lu (editor). A child waits for the tooth fairy; a mother spends a night watching a recording of the previous night; two women face the ghosts that haunted their grandmothers. The nights in these ten stories are thick and substantial, ambiguous and alluring. Eerie, magical, hushed and surprisingly alive, this anthology shows the night as a place where connections are made and daylit lives can be changed.

With stories from Valentine Carter, John Kitchen, Winifred Mok, Leanne Radojkovich, Angela Readman, Jane Roberts, Rebecca Rouillard, Miyuki Tatsuma, Zoë Wells and Sofija Ana Zovko.

“The bush next to me rustles. Two spots of yellow light reflect back. These stars creep closer, blink, then duck and hop over the boundary between us. A black cat, her fur seeming to shimmer as it breaks up the light from the lamppost, looks up towards me.
Ancestral night trapped in a physical, adorable form.” – 
from Even This Helps by Zoë Wells

Page count: 62 | Publication date: 1 December 2022 | Paperback ISBN: 9781912915606

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